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“We feel humbled and blessed that we were able to find the right school for our family (Horace Mann) and partnering with Smart City Kids was absolutely critical to helping us get there! Working with Smart City kids was like having our own personal coach to help navigate the complexities and nuances of the New York City school system. They comprehensively covered every aspect of the process, from initial planning and working out what was the right fit for our family to going deep throughout the process and even leveraging their own connections with the schools to help us achieve the outcomes that were right for us. We are absolutely thrilled with not only the outcome, but also the journey we have taken with Smart City Kids and recommend that anyone who is evaluating schooling for their child engage with their services.

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“Erica is a true professional and her guidance has been absolutely critical in our journey navigating the complicated NY school system. With a background as a Director of Admissions herself and deep relationships with many in the industry, Erica understands the important elements of the process and provides clear guidance throughout all the steps. She took the time to intimately understand our child and our family’s needs, is always an absolute pleasure to work with and in many cases for us was a clear voice of reason, providing practical and valuable feedback. I would recommend Erica and Smart City Kids to anyone who is navigating the school system for their family. As someone who likes to do my own research, I learned so much from Erica that I wouldn’t have otherwise known and attribute much of our success in getting to the right school for our child thanks to Erica’s guidance.”

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“Following a very successful experience with Erica and Smart City Kids for the 2s application process, it was a no brainer for us to work with her again for Pre-K 3s. Erica was incredibly helpful throughout the entire process, leveraging her vast knowledge and experience to guide and prepare us for each step of the journey. Applying to competitive schools is a very stressful process, but Erica made us feel so much more comfortable that we were doing everything possible to succeed. She taught us all the tricks of the trade, and it certainly paid off. We would highly recommend Erica and Smart City Kids – for an experience that has the potential to be overwhelming, working with them gives you a sense of calm and confidence.”

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“We received the official notice of acceptance today. We are overjoyed at this amazing opportunity for our family. We could not have done it without your support and guidance. We are eternally grateful.”

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“I don’t know how (or if) I could have survived the last few months without you. Your put yourself, and your reputation, on the line for our family, and I will never forget that, or stop appreciating what you did for us. I truly believe that you changed the course of our kids’ lives, and you will be a cherished part of our family forever.”

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“From downtown to the UWS, you were 100% invaluable every step of the way. I also just love talking about schools with you! Let’s please keep in touch.”

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“Our experience with Smart City Kids was fantastic. Erica was a tremendous resource who thoughtfully helped us navigate the admissions process to find the perfect program and community for our child and our family. She really took the time to get to know our daughter and was able to provide advice based on those interactions and her decades of experience in educational consulting and admissions.”

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“We feel fortunate that we discovered your company over 10 years ago. When friends ask me about school admissions, I always respond ‘Your first call should be to Smart City Kids without hesitation.’ Your team took time to get to know our child and family. There is a consistency in the SCK approach. SCK helped educate all of us as to what each school offers from both an academic and cultural perspective.”

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My Advisor held my hand throughout the entire process, which lasted for a good 9 months. She was quick to respond to my questions and oversee our correspondence with the schools. She was always very insightful. As an educator herself, she shared with us what would be the best fit for our daughter and helped us make the best decision for our family. We absolutely could not have done it without her help!

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We had a wonderful experience working with our Advisor at Smart City Kids. She took the time to ask the right questions to really understand what is important to and for our family, which led her to recommend a number of great schools we would not have known to look at without her.

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“Smart City Kids enabled our nursery school application process to be as seamless and stress free as possible. Our advisor took the time to really understand who we are as a family and what was important to us which was invaluable in helping us to select the best possible schools for our daughter. In addition, she was indispensable in preparing us for the application process and what to expect.”

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“SCK helped educate all of us as to what each school offers from both an academic and cultural perspective. The consultants provided invaluable guidance during each step of the process. As a result, we were more than prepared for the application process. Knowing we had a trusted team to answer our questions and provide honest feedback, allowed us to focus on what school was the best match for our child.”

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“Recently, we worked with Adriana Payne. Her level of professionalism and wisdom is unparalleled. She is in a category unto herself. She kept us on track and identified questions and topics that did not occur to us. Adriana cares about the best outcome for the student. She establishes multiple paths where a student will succeed. This is quite evident as you work with her. Most importantly, she listens, collaborates, and recommends several successful options. Any family who works with Adriana should consider themselves fortunate.”

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“Our family has worked with Smart City Kids (“SCK”) for preschool, kindergarten, and high school placement. We feel fortunate that we discovered your company over 10 years ago. When friends ask me about school admissions, I always respond ‘Your first call should be to Smart City Kids without hesitation.’ Your team took time to get to know our child and family. There is a consistency in the SCK approach.”

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“They say it takes a village to raise a child – thank you endlessly for being part of our village!”

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“Our experience with Smart City Kids was fantastic. Erica was a tremendous resource who thoughtfully helped us navigate the admissions process to find the perfect program and community for our child and our family. She really took the time to get to know our daughter and was able to provide advice based on those interactions and her decades of experience in educational consulting and admissions.”

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“I’m so happy I chose to work with Smart City Kids. From the initial consultation all the way through the conclusion, the service I received was impeccable and the end result really brought my vision to life.

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“I cannot tell you how fantastic Adriana has been. Her guidance has been invaluable. Adriana has added an incredible amount of value to the process as well as for my husband & me. She has been instrumental in creating our child’s narrative.”

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Roxana has profound wisdom, knowledge and experience of the admissions process. She truly listens to each family and keeps all the various considerations and factors in mind. She ‘got’ us.”

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Thank you again. You helped us every step along the way and took the stress out of a stressful process. Most importantly, you helped us arrive at the best outcome for our family!

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